Unlucky Animal Lover Nearly Loses Another Arm

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Photo: Tony Tanoury

While it's often commendable when a passerby goes out of their way to help an animal in need -- still, sometimes it's best to let others handle it. Case in point, meet Alexander Alcantare. This South Florida man loves animals so much that when he offers them a helping hand, there's a pretty good chance he won't be getting it back, a lesson he's learned once before. A while ago, he burned his arm so badly while trying to save a nest of baby birds from a power-line that he had to have it amputated. But that didn't stop him from coming to the aid of an alligator last Sunday -- with nearly the same result.

According to a report from NBC Miami, Alcantare noticed an injured alligator swimming in the waters near his home last Sunday evening; apparently the animal had been shot with an arrow. Well, the quick-thinking animal lover didn't hesitate to offer his assistance.

Alcantare, with the help of a friend, tried luring the 8-foot-long alligator to shore with some meat on a hook. Unfortunately, the bait didn't look nearly as tasty as the well-intentioned rescuer's good arm. That's when things took a turn for the worst:

I couldn't really handle him too good. The guy I asked to help me, he got scared and let go of the rope and since I couldn't secure his mouth, he got me.

Despite nearly losing another arm in the attack, Alcantare did manage to get the alligator out of the water, but that didn't end well either. When police arrived, they cited him for possession of wildlife. The animal, too, will have to be put-down by authorities because it had bitten a human.

Alcantare, who's undoubtedly happy that he can still shake a person's hand when he meets them, seems to have learned his lesson from this latest rescue-attempt. "That's what happens when you deal with wild animals, you're going to get bitten."

While this notion may be intuitive to most folks, it was a hard-earned realization for the likes of Alexander Alcantare.

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